Lost a cat

Lost & Found

Losing a beloved pet can be a very stressful time.

Here are St Francis, we know that sometimes trying to find your cat can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but there are things you can do to recover them.

Take a look below to see what you can do.

I’ve lost my cat, what can I do?

Check your local area

The first thing to do is to check your home and garden. Your cat might be hiding in the unlikeliest of places – from cupboards to sheds.
Speak to your neighbours as well as any delivery people – they might have seen your cat somewhere.

I’ve found a cat, what can I do?

Have you found a stray?

Before you take in a stray cat you need to be sure it doesn’t have an owner nearby. Many cats are not house cats and will often wander from their home during the day and night as part of their routine.

Don’t forget!

Please be careful not to mistake an old thin cat with a stray. Many elderly cats get very thin in old age but are well cared for.

If the cat needs medical assistance, please contact your local vet, Cats Protection or the RSPCA for advice and help. Please do not delay treatment waiting for a returned call. 

Continue the investigation

If you strongly suspect that a cat is a stray, please consider these steps before taking them to a shelter. 

  • Ask around
    Ask your neighbours if they know whose cat it is. Knock on all the doors in your street and even streets adjacent to yours. What might seem like a long distance to us, might be a hop over a few fences to a cat.
  • Advertise locally
    Put up notices and posters in the area and in local shops, preferably with a picture, asking if the cat has an owner. Keep some information about the cat back so you can be sure anyone claiming the cat is the rightful owner.
  • Scan for a microchip
    Take the cat (in a secure cat basket) to a local vet to have it scanned for a microchip. Vets don’t normally charge for this service. This is a tiny chip inserted under the skin with all the cats owners details. If the cat is chipped we can call the owner. In some cases Cats Protection volunteers can call round to scan the cat.
  • Use social media
    Post details on social media such as your local Facebook page or Lost & Found pages online. Please be aware that not everyone is on social media or will see the page you advertise on so it is important to not solely rely on social media for advertising.
  • Use a paper collar
    Put a paper collar on the cat with a note asking for the owner to contact you or us. Cats Protection can supply you with paper collars. Ideally a collar should be left on for 2 weeks before it is classed as a stray.

Want to Volunteer?

To apply for volunteering please telephone or call into the shelter for an application form. All volunteers must be over 18.